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Sony Vaio NR Series  (Source: Sony)
Sony's new VAIO NR series starts at $750 USD

Sony isn't exactly known for low-priced computer hardware, but the company is looking to turn some heads with its new VAIO NR series of entry-level notebooks.

The new notebooks are based around a 15.4" WXGA screen with XBRITE-ECO technology. The NR110 and NR120 are available with a 1.46GHz Pentium Dual Core processor, the NR140 uses a 1.6GHz Pentium Dual Core processor and the NR160 uses a 1.5GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

The NR140 comes with a 120GB HDD while the rest of the lineup includes a 160GB HDD. All models feature 1GB of DDR2 memory, an Intel GMA X3100 integrated graphics accelerator and a dual-layer DVD burner.

Sony gives buyers the choice of three exterior colors for the VAIO NR notebooks: brown, bright white and granite.

The VAIO NR series measures 14.2" x 10.6" x 1.5" and weighs a hefty 6.2 pounds with the standard battery. Sony lists the battery life at 2.5 to 4.5 hours with the standard battery and 4 to 7.5 hours with the extended battery.

The VAIO NR series will start at $750 and will be available from Sony Style next month.

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$750 is entry level??
By Screwballl on 9/25/2007 2:48:34 PM , Rating: 2
maybe for the rich...
but for everyone else, the entry level starts around $400 for laptops and $300 for desktops which still puts this laptop out of the "entry-level" price range.. maybe mid level or low-mid...

RE: $750 is entry level??
By therealnickdanger on 9/25/2007 2:55:21 PM , Rating: 4
It's entry-level for Sony.

RE: $750 is entry level??
By softwiz on 9/25/2007 2:55:32 PM , Rating: 3
I tend to consider "Entry Level" to be what any given company is offering as their lowest end product or series.

RE: $750 is entry level??
By treehugger87 on 9/25/2007 3:13:57 PM , Rating: 4
Then I'll take an entry level Ferrari please.

RE: $750 is entry level??
By softwiz on 9/25/2007 3:22:48 PM , Rating: 2
Go for it! The base model is still pretty pricey.

You can call anything "Entry Level" but that doesn't mean you won't stil pay through the nose for it. ;)

RE: $750 is entry level??
By Quiescent on 9/25/2007 8:36:50 PM , Rating: 2
Those are only the kinds with the really, really crappy processors and maybe not so much RAM. *Ahem* (Celeron and Sempron)I have a low-end processor and it's better than those mentioned. But oh no, don't use anything good for low-end machines!

RE: $750 is entry level??
By spluurfg on 9/26/2007 2:32:11 AM , Rating: 2
They might not be that cheap, but for a dual core processor, 1GB RAM, and decent hard drive, it sure is better than a lot of other budget notebooks... I saw someone pay $1400 for a single core celeron, 512MB of RAM only 6 months ago...

RE: $750 is entry level??
By batatadoida on 9/26/2007 4:09:41 AM , Rating: 2
Actually yes.
In the european hardware market 750 USD (530.861 EUR) for a laptop with these specs is an awesome price. In the most competitive national hardware markets (like UK or Germany) you would get a similar product for no less than 700 EUR. I don't know if this product line will/is available in europe. But if it is, it's guaranteed success. Specially because people like sony and sony computers in europe have a similar role as to that MAC's have in the states - a fancy, cosmopolitan laptop.

Most excellent!
By therealnickdanger on 9/25/2007 2:45:04 PM , Rating: 2
While I personally can't attest to Sony's build quality compared to others, I'm glad they are bringing some sexy competition to the sub-$800 market. Keep drivin' those prices down! If it's possible to equip a Core 2 Duo and still stay under $900 - that would be wonderful.

RE: Most excellent!
By darkpaw on 9/25/2007 2:59:45 PM , Rating: 3
Yah that turd colored laptop is awefully "sexy"..

WTF is up with brown lately? Guess they figured someone needed a brown laptop to match their crap colored Zune.

RE: Most excellent!
By softwiz on 9/25/2007 3:02:14 PM , Rating: 2
Some say that "brown" is the new "black and the '70s are back.

RE: Most excellent!
By TomZ on 9/25/2007 8:52:46 PM , Rating: 2
Bah, the brown one is ugly, sorry. Actually they're all kind of ugly compared to typical Sony laptops.

Mini-DVI anyone?
By Zandros on 9/25/2007 5:48:11 PM , Rating: 2
I'm quite upset about most notebooks still sporting VGA ports. If you can't fit a proper DVI-I port on there, why not at least a mini-DVI?

I'm liking the design of these anyway… though as noted, brown isn't the best colour.

RE: Mini-DVI anyone?
By TomZ on 9/25/2007 8:53:34 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, I agree - VGA connector should be banned from laptops. I was kind of disappointed that my new Dell had a VGA instead of a DVI.

When I think "Entry level"
By Joz on 9/25/2007 10:30:29 PM , Rating: 3
I pray for a Core Solo, Core Duo, Pentium Dual-Core (1mb Core2), Turion64 or Turion64 X2, along with 512MB DDR2, and a half-decent IGP (like half a 8400M GS (would be 8shaders) so I can play D2 and AOE between classes on a 6cell battery that can give me 2-3.5 hours of gaming with my a/g or a/b/g wireless. all in a nice and small 14.1" or 15" sub 6 lb brick.

Sony should never call thier products entry level unless their 1/4 of their already outragously overpriced prices.

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